The Ant & The Grasshopper 2011

The Modern Day Version of Aesop’s Fable

One summer day Mr. Grasshopper was singing and chirping and hopping about. He was having a wonderful time. He saw Mr. Ant that was busy gathering and storing grain for the winter.

“Stop and talk to me,” said Mr. Grasshopper. “We can sing some songs and dance a while.”

“Oh no,” said the Mr. Ant. “Winter is coming. I am storing up food for the winter. I think you should do the same.”

“Oh, I can’t be bothered,” said Mr. Grasshopper. “Winter is a long time off. There is plenty of food.” So Mr. Grasshopper continued to dance and sing and chip and the ant continued to work.

When Winter came, Mr. Grasshopper had no food and was starving.  He went to Mr. Ant’s house and asked, “Can I have some wheat or maybe a few kernels of corn. Without it I will starve,” whined Mr. Grasshopper.

“You danced last summer,” said Mr. Ant in disgust. “You can continue to dance.” And they gave him no food.

The government, being quite adept at knowing what all of its people are doing at any given time, saw this exchange and decided this was not good ‘social justice.’  So, they raised the taxes on the ‘rich’ middle-class Mr. Ant, which forced Mr. Ant to sell his food to pay the newly levied taxes.

This left Mr. Ant feeding his children brown-bag lunches, while Mr. Grasshopper’s children received free hot lunches at school paid for by Mr. Ant’s taxes.

Mr. Ant’s taxes also paid for bailouts of the big banks whose fraudulent practices had inflated the prices of homes beyond the reach of the average insect’s wages.  The bailouts caused price inflation in all the things the insects needed to survive, like food, energy and clothing.

Meanwhile, Mr. Grasshopper’s children got to go to college on government grants funded by Mr. Ant’s taxes, leaving Mr. Ant unable to afford the increased college tuition costs for his own children.

Mr. Grasshopper also received “economic assistance” to pay his bills, provide health care and food for his children, and he received a cell phone at no cost to him, all funded with Mr. Ant’s taxes.

Mr. Ant, no longer being able to afford college for his children, gasoline for his car, his cell phone or food, stopped working too; so, the government could no longer take taxes from him.

The government ran out of money and collapsed.

Mr. Grasshopper and his family starved to death.  Mr. Ant started gathering and storing grain for the Winter.

Moral:  Live Free Or Die